Delta Vows Not to Pay U.S. Import Duties on Bombardier Jetliner

Delta Air Lines Inc. said it wouldn’t pay import duties on Bombardier Inc.’s marquee jetliner, which was socked in the last two weeks with 300 percent tariffs by the U.S. Commerce Department.

It’s possible Delta will delay deliveries of the C Series planes, which are scheduled to begin next year, Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said Wednesday. The airline is also contemplating “various other plans” if the preliminary duties are finalized, he said without elaborating. Delta last year agreed to buy at least 75 of the jets at a list price of more than $5 billion.

“We will not pay those tariffs, and that is very clear,” Bastian said on a conference call with investors and analysts after reporting third-quarter results. “We intend to take the aircraft.”